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TCBCast 070: Elvis Novelty Songs

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Release Date: 06/12/2019

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TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

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TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

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It's the silly hour again as Justin & Gurdip go through some of the strangest, funniest or interesting Elvis-themed novelty songs out there. We have our first ever Trivia victory and then for Song of the Week, Gurdip goes laughing at some people in the park and doesn't bother to explain while Justin, Elvis and Jerry Reed tell us all about "A Thing Called Love."

****Note: This episode features some historical recordings that feature brief explicit lyrics.****


Featured Songs of the Week:
Gurdip - The Next Step is Love
Justin - A Thing Called Love